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Community preparing for ‘huge’ March event
February 08, 2018

The Smithsonian exhibit is on its way, and the community is preparing for thousands of visitors.

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) has announced a new workshop to prepare Mount Vernon and Lisbon retailers for the upcoming Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit.

Titled "Preparing for Smithsonian Audiences," the workshop, created specifically for Mount Vernon and Lisbon businesses, is Monday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

CDG will be bringing in Main Street Iowa promotions expert Terry Poe-Buschkamp and business specialist Robin Bostrom, who plan a program devoted to making the most of this retail business opportunity.

The program will take place at the First Street Community Center library, and will include hearty appetizers, wine and soft drinks. The event is free, but all attendees must RSVP to Joe Jennison at 319-210-9935 or director@visitmvl. com.

The evening starts with food, drinks and networking. The program begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A at 6:15.

CDG, in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Main Street Iowa program, will bring "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," to the community from March 18 to April 28, and it will be open Wednesdays through Sundays.

"Hometown Teams," which will be complemented by exhibits featuring local legacies, examines how and why hometown sports are more than just games.

"The Smithsonian has not been to Iowa with this program for years, and their first journey back to Iowa will start with this Iowa premiere exhibit here in Mount Vernon," said Joe Jennison, director of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group. "It's going to be huge for Mount Vernon. And both Main Street Iowa and CDG want retailers to be ready for the estimated 8,000 attendees who are expected to be visiting."

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